Twitch is one of the biggest online streaming platforms on the planet, and it is top streamers can command incredible levels of attention. However, the site can also be well-known for its confusing and sometimes bizarre approach to bans, which could seemingly strike anyone at any time. The popular Japanese Twitch streamer Meowko recently announced that Twitch had chose to celebrate her birthday by having an unexpected ban.
Meowko has gained a lot of attention on her streams, which often feature gameplay, hilarious costumes, and IRL streams occur various locations throughout Japan. Some time ago, she also reported gaining some negative attention in the form of a stalker. Fortunately, Meowko's current predicament seems to be safer, although it might be more annoying.
The streamer took to her official Twitter account to reduce some light on what was happening. In her own tweet, she explained that Twitch had surprise banned her for that crime of taking a break from her home workout stream to cook. Apparently, the issue is that she didn't change out of her gym clothes before she started making herself a snack. When the hot tub meta has taught Twitch streamers anything, it's that Twitch has very strict standards on acceptable attire for particular types of video.
Although the streamer reported having just finished a good work out, it seems that Twitch didn't stick to the transition from workout stream to cooking. This has led the website to think she was cooking with what it mistook for swimwear, a task that's ban-worthy. Given some of the hilarious ways streamers have gotten banned from Twitch, this mix-up may not be an unexpected to fans. However, Meowko reports another issue that emerged in her ban: the suspected use of an augmented reality avatar.
In a follow-up tweet to her first one, Meowko drew attention to one specific line that accused her of using an augmented reality avatar on stream. This alone would not have been an issue, with the exception that the avatar also apparently had "insufficient coverage." Judging from this complaint, it appears that Twitch somehow were able to mistake Meowko—a very real Japanese woman—for a virtual streamer's custom avatar. It's unclear the way the mistake happened, but fans may find this second error less forgivable than the first one. Regardless, a significant number of Meowko's fans have replied to her tweets expressing their sympathies for that ban and wishing her happy birthday.